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Running Events5k Runs

5k Runs

5k (or 3.1 miles) running events are some of the most inclusive events around. When you make your way to the start-line you’re going to find a true array of participants - from people who’ve just completed their couch to 5k training, to seasoned runners who are looking to topple their personal best. It’s the people who make these events so great, and the sense of shared experience which has been so central to parkrun’s success. What better way to kickstart your weekend than by knocking off a 5k run around your local park? Even better, why not head down with a group of friends and grab a coffee or some brunch after. If a generic run sounds a bit bland for your liking then why not spice it up a bit, with a more unique style of event, like a colour run, a charity event, a night run, or even an alcohol-infused 5ks. Whatever it is your after, the inclusivity and variety of this category means that there is something for everyone.

345 events found
Scurry Around Tentsmuir Forest Trail Running Festival 2021

Sunday, 7th Nov 2021

Scurry Around Tentsmuir Forest Trail Running Festival 2021

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Tayport, Fife

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket£5 – £30
Great sceneryTrail
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Howletts Run Wild Challenge

Sunday, 7th Nov 2021

Howletts Run Wild Challenge

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Bekesbourne, Kent

Participants

5k

FilledTicket£18
Road
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The Regent's Park 10k
Booked 48 times this week

Sunday, 14th Nov 2021

The Regent's Park 10k

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London, Greater London

Participants

5k

FilledTicket£4 – £20
Flat
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The 2 Lakes Trail Races

Sunday, 8th May 2022

The 2 Lakes Trail Races

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Wales

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon

FilledTicket£13.50 – £23.50
Hilly
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Technical Series Navigation - Late October

Sunday, 24th Oct 2021

Technical Series Navigation - Late October

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Aldbury, Hertfordshire

Participants

5k

FilledTicket£35
Hilly
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Battersea Park Runs

Sunday, 24th Oct 2021

Battersea Park Runs

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London, Greater London

Participants

10k, 5k

FilledTicket£24
Flat trail
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Guildford 10k

Sunday, 31st Oct 2021

Guildford 10k

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Guildford, Surrey

Participants

10k, 5k

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket£12 – £32
Great atmosphereHilly road
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Haughley Park 5k

Sunday, 16th Jan 2022

Haughley Park 5k

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Haughley, Suffolk

Participants

5k

FilledTicket£16 – £18
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Back 2 Black

Saturday, 19th Feb 2022

Back 2 Black

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Long Ashton, North Somerset

Participants

10k, 5k

FilledTicket£8 – £21
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About 5k events in the UK

There are a whole host 5k running events which take place up and down the UK. Generally, you’ll find that these events take place on Saturday mornings or during the long summer evenings, and are often staged in local parks or green-spaces. So, if you’ve got a park on your doorstep, keep an eye out for any local events coming up.

What are the best 5k events?

5ks are the place to have fun. Expect fancy dress, friendly runners and maybe even a charitable cause to bring people together. Cancer Research UK host over 100 races of 5-10k in the UK each year, with varying themes. If you are looking for a big atmosphere, larger events such as the Edinburgh Marathon Festival and the Bournemouth Marathon Festival host 5k and 10k races alongside their longer flagship events.

What is a good time for a 5k run?

Finishing times for a 5k vary widely depending on your goals and whether walking or running. Finishing in under 28 minutes would be considered a good time by much of the running community. This would require you to run at 9 minutes per mile (or better) for the duration of the race. The fastest competitors can finish a 5k in under 14 minutes, whereas those who prefer to walk can take up to an hour or more.

How long should I train for a 5k?

How hard you should train depends largely of your fitness levels and experience. Those who are running for the first time and don't regularly participate in other forms of exercise should take on a 5k training programme to prepare themselves for the race. This will lower the risk of injury and also help to keep you motivated. Take a look at our 6 week training plan to get you up to speed.

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